Kayla Mendez

Jenn Accius doesn’t like opening up about her past encounter with a violent police officer. That trauma is normally hidden away but occasionally spills out on poetry pages — one of the only spaces where she’s felt comfortable.

This moment feels different.

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Days after Brazil's president said he had contracted COVID-19, another South American leader, Bolivia's interim president, Jeanine Áñez, said she too had tested positive for the coronavirus.


When the U.S. got its first cases of COVID-19, there was hope that hot summer weather would eventually help suppress the virus. It hasn’t worked out that way. And Palm Beach County’s top health official says the virus could still get worse in the fall.

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On this Thursday, July 9, episode of Sundial:


Palm Beach County Schools Fully Remote Learning


After a six hour meeting on Wednesday, the Palm Beach County School Board unanimously agreed that classes would resume fully online in August. 

Florida Mulls More COVID-19 Testing At Homes For Disabled

Jul 9, 2020

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration appears poised to address rising criticism over its handling of COVID-19 in group homes that take care of residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The deadly respiratory disease has shown itself to be efficient at moving rapidly through prisons, jails, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. But it also can be a problem for the places where people with disabilities live.

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Donna Joe says her adult daughters had all kinds of advice to keep her safe. They signed up the 64-year-old retired civil engineer for online grocery delivery, shipped sanitizer to her home in Marietta, Ga., and checked in regularly to make sure she was following the latest protocols.

Joe says she missed being with her six grandchildren, though, and when her son invited her over, she jumped at the chance. But she waited until after the visit to tell her daughters.

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Contact tracing is a core disease control measure. When someone tests positive, a contact tracer will ask the infected patient for telephone numbers of people who may have been around them. That way, these contacts can isolate, too.

Critics say South Florida has too few tracers. Others say they're not asking enough questions. Regardless, gaps exist and are growing. 



When Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed this week he’d tested positive for COVID-19 – hardly stunning news given his reckless disregard for the pandemic – he became one of the Western Hemisphere’s 6.2 million cases and counting.

Broward Restaurants Can Stay Open, But Closing Time Will Come Earlier, Mayor Says

Jul 8, 2020
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Restaurants will remain open in Broward, but must stop serving at 10 p.m. each day and limit the amount of people per table to six patrons beginning Friday, County Mayor Dale Holness announced at a Wednesday news conference.

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Businesses of all kinds — particularly restaurants and cafes — are having to get creative to survive the coronavirus pandemic. 


Some are trying new ways to help people to feel safe while grabbing a cup of coffee. 


On this Wednesday, July 8, episode of Sundial:

Broward Teachers On Reopening Schools

President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that schools must reopen for the fall semester. The president added that he would withdraw federal funding from school districts that don’t fully comply. 

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In the past two weeks, there have been higher and higher numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida. With that in mind, we thought it'd be a good time to answer a few questions questions we've heard being discussed online, in our video chats and around South Florida.

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The driver makes sure Malik is wearing a face covering when he boards the bus. He arrives at school at about 7:35 a.m., and before he can pick up his breakfast in the cafeteria, he washes his hands. When he arrives in homeroom, he’s with only about a dozen other children, their desks spaced six feet apart.

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After beginning their regular meeting nearly an hour and a half late, Fort Lauderdale city commissioners had a long Tuesday night — that stretched past midnight — conferring on budget issues before going on a recess that will last until mid-August. 

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Florida has 12 nursing homes that serve as isolation centers, and four of those are in South Florida. When a hospital discharges a COVID-positive patient, it calls one of these facilities to see if the person can recover at an isolation center before going home. A patient must test negative twice before returning to their permanent nursing home or assisted living facility.